Round Square


Round Square

Infobox Organization
name = Round Square


size = 200
caption = Round Square logo
type = International Organization of Member Schools
membership = New schools inducted by election of member schools
language = Working language is English
website = http://www.roundsquare.org

The Round Square Conference of Schools is a worldwide association of more than 60 schools that allows students to travel between schools and tour the country or do community service.

History

The title "Round Square" is derived from a seventeenth century building at Gordonstoun School in Scotland. The building was built in the 17th century as an "estate square" to house horses, carriages and equipment for the estate. It was built to a circular design of similar buildings the designer, Sir Robert Gordon, had seen on his travels in Italy. That lead to the odd name (really a paradox), the "Round Square". [cite web | title='Round square' page on Gordonstoun website| url=http://www.gordonstoun.org.uk/senior-school/boarding/round-square-house/|accessdate=2007-10-01]

Philosophy

Similar to Outward Bound, Round Square schools share an educational philosophy that supports the growth of the "whole person". This philosophy is based upon the Round Square "IDEALS" (an acronym that represents the six pillars around which Round Square schools function): [cite web | title=Round Square IDEALS symbolism| url=http://www.roundsquare.org/IDEALS.htm | work= [http://www.roundsquare.org/ RoundSquare.org] |accessdate=2006-08-24]
*Internationalism
*Democracy
*Environment
*Adventure
*Leadership
*Service

The common goal is to develop every student into a whole person through academic, physical, cultural and spiritual experiences.

There are more than 60 Round Square schools located around the globe in Africa, Australasia, Continental Europe, India, the Middle East, North America, South America, and the United Kingdom.

Round Square Activities

Student Exchanges

Students at any Round Square school may go on a exchange for a semester to any of the other schools, and thus both schools benefit from the experience of direct interaction with people from another part of the world.

Round Square International Service Projects

Round Square International Service (RSIS) Projects embody all six pillars through community service projects, such as raising a new building. Over a school break, students from different Round Square schools will converge on a single location, which is often one of the less privileged schools, where they will work together on a project. The materials required for these projects are raised through the Prince Alexander Fund, and do not require funding from attending students.

Regional Projects

Regional Projects are similar to RSIS projects but are by invitation only.

Conferences

There are a variety of conferences that allow student delegates to meet from around the world and progress Round Square.

Annual International Conferences

Annually, a conference is held at a member school. All schools are invited to attend and it is at these conferences that the Annual General Meeting is held and the future of Round Square is decided. It is also an opportunity for student delegates to meet and discuss issues related to the IDEALS principles. The most recent was held at Daly College in India and the next one is going to be held in Canada, at Glenlyon Norfolk School(Victoria BC) and Collingwood School (Vancouver BC). They will be run in parallel and the theme is Sustainability.

Regional Conferences

Usually, a school will host an annual conference for other member schools within its region.

Young Round Square Schools

Conferences are held for students in middle school. These conferences are annual and are divided by region.

Member Schools

The following schools are members of Round Square:cite web | title=Member Schools in the Round Square | url=http://www.roundsquare.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=46&Itemid=117 | work= [http://www.roundsquare.org/ RoundSquare.org] |accessdate=2008-04-06]

Australia

*The Armidale School
*Ballarat Grammar School
*Billanook College
*Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School
*Ivanhoe Grammar School (Ridgeway)
*Ivanhoe Grammar School (Plenty)
*MLC School
*Mowbray College
*Presbyterian Ladies College, Sydney
*Scotch Oakburn College
*The Southport School (TSS)
*St Philip's College
*Trinity Anglican School
*Westminster School

Bermuda

*Bermuda High School for Girls

Botswana

*Maru a Pula School

Canada

*Appleby College
*Ashbury College
*Bayview Glen School
*Bishop's College School
*Collingwood School
*Glenlyon Norfolk School
*Lakefield College School
*Rothesay Netherwood School
*Sedbergh School, Québec
*St. Clement's School
*Stanstead College
*Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

England

*Abbotsholme School
*Box Hill School
*Cobham Hall
*Wellington College
*Westfield School, Newcastle upon Tyne
*Windermere St. Anne's School

France

*L'Ermitage

Germany

*Schule Birklehof
*Schule Schloss Salem
*Stiftung Louisenlund

India

*Birla Balika Vidyapeeth, Pilani [http://www.vidyapeeth.co.in]
*Dhirubhai Ambani International School
*The Assam Valley school
*The Daly College
*The Doon School
*The Lawrence School, Sanawar
*Mayo College
*Scindia School
*Scindia Kanya Vidyalya
*Vidya Devi Jindal School
*Vivek High School
*Welham Boys' School
*The Sanskaar Valley School
*The Punjab Public School Nabha

Japan

*Tamagawa Gakuen

Kenya

*Starehe Boys' Centre and School

Oman

*Indian School (Al-Ghubra)

Peru

*Markham College (Lima)

Scotland

*Gordonstoun School

Singapore

*United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA)

South Africa

*Bridge House School
*St Cyprian's School (Girls)
*St. George's Grammar School
*St Stithians College (Boys)
*St Stithians College (Girls)
*Stanford Lake College
*Tiger Kloof Educational Institute

Switzerland

*Aiglon College

Thailand

*The Regent's School

United States of America

*The Athenian School
*Deerfield Academy
*The Hotchkiss School
*Chadwick School

References

External links

* [http://www.roundsquare.org/ Round Square website]


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